doolally


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doolally

(duːˈlælɪ)
adj
slang out of one's mind; crazy. In full: doolally tap
[C19: originally military slang, from Deolali, a town near Mumbai, the location of a military sanatorium + Hindustani tap fever]
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doolally

[ˌduːˈlælɪ] ADJtarumba
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doolally

adj (inf)plemplem pred (inf)
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As Barbara stated, she may be elderly but has not quite gone doolally yet.
If you shampoo your hair in your bungalow, perhaps while wearing dungarees or pyjamas, you may be seen as slightly doolally, and all of these words are borrowed from Hindi, same as thug, pukka and verandah (although many argue that that originally came from the Portuguese, through Goa.) Deolali was the site of a military asylum in India, and 'doolally' is still in common usage across the UK.
The drug made him go "a bit doolally", his solicitor Emma Simoes explained at North East Wales Magistrates' Court at Mold.
"Then, suddenly, she went a bit doolally. She just wasn't making a lot of sense."
"Doolally", "mad, crazy", is possibly the strangest example; it's a shortened form of "doolally tap" ("tap" being "malarial tap"), derived from "Deolali", the name of an important military camp in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
If Scotland were in England's boots, would we retain a civil distance and a cup of tea or go doolally? We all know the answer.
PMs also go doolally at about eight months, which was when that crackpot scheme to call a snap election began forming in Theresa May's mind.
Now don't rub your eyes and immediately assume that I've gone doolally: what I have in front of me is the kind of advertising that is not just fit for this day and age.
"We are a doolally nation," a modern-day Rev Eli Jenkins would surely boom.
We're suckers for statement jewellery and are doolally for Toolally's trophy danglers.
WE seem to have gone a bit doolally over penguins in the last few weeks (something to do with an advert ...) so if your little one has taken a shine to these birds, this is a lovely picture book if you want to treat them.
PS10.99 WE seem to have gone a bit doolally over penguins in the last few weeks (something to do with an advert ...) so if your little one has taken a shine to these birds, this is a lovely picture book if you want to treat them.